IF I STAY (2014): The Good & Bad Things

If I Stay (2014), Chloe Grace Moretz
If I Stay (2014), Chloe Grace Moretz

Directed by R.J. Cutler and based on a best selling book by Gayle Forman, If I Stay is the story of a teenage girl (Mia, played by Chloe Grace Moretz) chasing her dreams of a career in music with the support of a loving boyfriend, family and friends.

One carefree afternoon, Mia’s world is turned upside down after an accident leaves her and several other people in a bad way. Now stuck in a coma, Mia is faced with the most important decision of her life.

Though not a perfect movie, there were parts that I enjoyed in If I Stay. Two of the best scenes featured Mia and her grandpa. Namely the scene where he talks to her in the car and the one when he’s in the hospital by her bedside.

If I Stay (2014), Jamie Blackley, Liana Liberato
If I Stay (2014), Jamie Blackley, Liana Liberato

Jamie Blackley’s performance as Adam, Liana Liberato in the role of the best friend and the actors playing Mia’s family are good. I did however find myself not entirely buying into the anguish portrayed by Moretz after the accident. Something to do with the absence of tears perhaps…

Did anyone else find themselves expecting Mia to be able to walk through people and walls in the hospital? She wasn’t technically a ghost so maybe it’s just me.

Watch it if you find yourself very curious indeed, especially since the concept is rather interesting.

Happy If I Stay 🙂

G

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: Thank You Mrs Van De Kamp!

Desperate Housewives, Bree Van De Kamp
Desperate Housewives, Bree Van De Kamp

It’s been more than two years since ABC’s Desperate Housewives came to an end.

Of the four main female characters,  my favourite was definitely Lynette Scavo. She wasn’t perfect but her ingenuity and artfulness when dealing with her adorable yet rather mischievous children was an inspiration.

Whenever the show crosses my mind, I always recall Marcia Cross’ excellent portrayal of Bree Van de Kamp.

A favourite Bree scene would be where she passes out on her front lawn after an extended period of alcoholic excess – only to be awakened by sprinklers turned on by her son, Andrew.

The scene is certainly funny. It’s also a great reminder to always be wary of potentially harmful and addictive pursuits. Especially since based on the aforementioned scene, it would appear far too easy to end up on your own version of your front lawn following moments of great emotional distress.

What impression has Desperate Housewives left on you? Any particular wisdom that sticks?

G

WILD (2014): Because Travel Is Good For The Soul

Wild (2014), Reese Witherspoon
Wild (2014), Reese Witherspoon

Can you imagine taking on a 1000+ mile journey on foot to help you recover from a personal catastrophe at home?

That’s exactly what Reese Witherspoon does as Cheryl, in Wild; the Jean-Marc Vallée directed drama based on the real life memoir of Cheryl Strayed.

This great story of redemption and self discovery is definitely Witherspoon’s least glamorous role yet (not a criticism).

With foot blisters, foregone showers and tension filled encounters with sketchy strangers along the way, Wild is a humorous, perfectly paced and edited film. you’ll find yourself dreaming about your own personal adventure.

Seeing myself travelling to escape undesirable events that may have happened at home is easy. However, my journey absolutely won’t be on foot and it will not involve a tent or my very own portable stove.

Wild (2014), Reese Witherspoon
Wild (2014), Reese Witherspoon

Watch it for a hopeful, very engaging film experience and because it’s good for you.

Key highlights include Cheryl’s first encounter as a hitchhiker and her meeting with the little boy

Happy Wild 🙂

G

THE RIOT CLUB (2014): Sam Claflin, Great At Being Despicable

The Riot Club (2014), Sam Claflin
The Riot Club (2014), Sam Claflin

At first, the young men of The Riot Club don’t appear too dissimilar to any gathering of adult students enjoying the freedoms synonymous with university life. That is until a fateful dinner where things take a dramatically dark and villainous turn.

This is a movie about two first-year Oxford University students and their experience as part of The Riot Club, a secret society of wealthy, elitist, hedonistic and undeniably privileged individuals.

Directed by Lone Scherfig, the film features some of the best of Britain’s young acting talent. Names that include Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger, Douglas Booth, Max Irons, etc.

Watch it for the story, an insight into the usually inaccessible world of a very small group of highly privileged university students, the cinematography and a reminder of just how punishing naivety can be.

here is the trailer that had me sold…

Trailer song: ‘Inhaler’ by Foals.

Happy Film loving 🙂

G

BELLE (2014): For Your Faith In Love & Humanity

Belle (2013), Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Belle (2013), Gugu Mbatha-Raw

At the centre of Director, Amma Asante’s film is the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral.

Brought to England from the West Indies to live with her aristocratic great uncle and his wife, the young Dido over time, learns of the matters of class and rank that rule her new world. A world with laws she simply must not accept, for the sake of her own dignity, happiness and sense of self.

Great performances, particularly from Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson and Sam Reid.

Belle (2013), Sam Reid
Belle (2013), Sam Reid

Watch it for the story of an admirably strong young woman, a courageous young man, a beautiful love story and great characters from an interesting and important time in history – 18th century England, when slavery was still a grave and common reality.

As is the case with most historical films I watch, I’m left with a sense of gratitude for the times in which I live and reminded of how things do change; rarely at a satisfactory pace, but change they do.

Happy Belle 🙂

G

LEGEND (2015): Trailer Of The Week

Legend (2015), Tom Hardy
Legend (2015), Tom Hardy

For all serious Tom Hardy fans, a promising cinematic feast is coming.

Legend, the Brian Helgeland directed film has Hardy playing two characters. Namely Ronald and Reginald Kray, a.k.a.The Kray Twins – identical twin gangsters known for terrorising London in the 1950s and 1960s.

In a few months the feast is coming. But first, an appetiser…

Teaser Trailer…

Trailer 1…

Running Scared by Roy Orbison is t the track playing throughout the teaser trailer.

Happy Legend 🙂

G

STILL ALICE (2014): Julianne Moore Is Super, If You Didn’t Already Know

Still Alice (2014), Julianne Moore
Still Alice (2014), Julianne Moore

I was always going to watch the 2015 Best Actress Oscar winning, Still Alice.

The Academy Award certainly made that more likely. But really, it’s the film’s talented star, Julianne Moore – an Actress I’ve appreciated immensely since Magnolia (1999).

Moore’s portrayal of the heartbreaking stages of her character’s degenerative condition will remind audiences of why she is so celebrated.

Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, Still Alice also delivers memorable supporting performances from Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart.

It’s a film for anyone curious about how the diagnosis of early onset Alzheimers might affect a patient’s life and that of their family.

Still Alice (2014), Alec Baldwin
Still Alice (2014), Alec Baldwin

Watch it for all the reasons mentioned, plus the pleasant surprise of seeing Alec Baldwin playing a more likeable character, Kristen Stewart continuing to make good choices, post The Twilight Saga and the highlight that is the great speech at the Alzheimers Association.

Well paced and acted, in Still Alice you’ll also find an uplifting reminder to do as much living as possible.

Happy Still Alice 🙂

G

PREDESTINATION (2014): Why You Need To Be Ready

Predestination (2014), Ethan Hawke
Predestination (2014), Ethan Hawke

Written and directed by film making brothers Michael and Peter Spierig, Predestination is a well acted mystery / sci-fi film, starring Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook.

Due to the time travelling element, this is the kind of movie with plenty going on including a number of twists and turns that come quick and fast, so you’ll certainly need to be ready and alert.

Predestination (2014), Sarah Snook
Predestination (2014), Sarah Snook

As I watched, I found myself comparing Predestination to it’s more thrilling cousin, Inception (2010). Not that both films deal with the same subject matter exactly… but among other things, it didn’t help that one of the characters in the movie looked like a younger version of one of the Actors in Inception. I’ll let you figure out which one.

Watch it anyway if science fiction and particularly time travel are generally your thing. I’m only into sci-fi sometimes.

Happy Predestination 🙂

G

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